For “Hawaii Five-0” fans, the first part of May was like waiting for a wonderful treat, yet wondering if that sweetness would soon turn into a fleeting memory.
As fans tuned in last week to watch the two-hour season finale, they wondered if this was the end of “Five-0.”
CBS promised to announce the show’s fate on May 13, five days after the season ended. Fans were beside themselves, holding their breath, wringing their hands and hashtagging “#RenewH50” on every post, picture and collage of love they shared online.
So when news broke a day early — much to the delight of dedicated show devotees — everyone seemed to breathe a sigh of relief.
“Five-0 fans around the world are celebrating today and breathing a lot easier,” commented fan Susan Morrell on the Five-0 Redux’s Facebook page. Most of the comments were full of thanks to CBS, executive producer Peter Lenkov and the cast and crew. Lenkov took to Instagram and Twitter and posted pictures of T-shirts commemorating the show’s upcoming sixth season.
Phew! I can finally wear this… pic.twitter.com/8BVgU7Vk1e
— Peter M. Lenkov (@PLenkov) May 11, 2015
Even Lenkov appeared relieved by news of the renewal. Naysayers had said for months that Five-0 was a “no-go” for a sixth season. While I thought CBS would have been making a huge mistake by canceling the show, I was a bit nervous myself. In the last few seasons, renewals usually came around the time the current season wrapped its shooting schedule in March.
And since we were still waiting for word as the finale aired, I have to admit even I had some serious doubts.
But what would we have been left with? A lot of unanswered questions and unfinished business. Between McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) dealing with Catherine’s (Michelle Borth) return; Danno (Scott Caan) learning he was a daddy again and dealing with his son’s illness; Kono (Grace Park) and Adam’s (Ian Anthony Dale) special day cut short; added to Gabriel (Christopher Sean) trying to blackmail Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) at gun point — all of those unresolved storylines would have left us a bit rudderless.
Thankfully, we can enter this fifth hiatus looking forward to at least one more season. Of course, fans would love more, but after this year of hanging on by a thread, I’m curious to think about what will happen next May.
“Hawaii Five-0” really is so much better than some of the other shows that made it though the renewal fire. I’m sure there are many out there who would call me biased, but I watched some of the new dramas CBS aired this year. At least “Five-0” is full of action and their leads have some fire and emotion in them. CBS may now stand for Characters By Stiffness, which no one can say about “Five-0.”
Still, no matter what anyone said in recent weeks, “Hawaii Five-0” is back.
After watching the stories started and left open, season six looks to be an even stronger. I know I’m looking forward to finding out what the future holds for our team. What resolutions will McGarrett come to regarding his mother and her explanation about her relationship with Wo Fat and his father? What will happen with Danno’s children and his new love, Melissa (Lili Simmons)?
What about Kono and Adam’s future? How will Adam deal with the loss of his business and perhaps his wealth? How will Chin deal with his wayward brother-in-law who seems to be picking up exactly where he left off before Chin sent him to prison?
And we can’t forget Grover’s (Chi McBride) desire to charge his former partner with murder, and Jerry’s (Jorge Garcia) quest to receive a Five-0 badge.
With Masi Oka on his way to NBC to guest star as Hiro Nakamura on “Heroes Reborn,” Dr. Max won’t be around for part of season six, either. I’m curious to see how that change plays out. Perhaps they will bring Charlie Fong (Brian Yang) back more often? I definitely vote yes on that.
If nothing else, the entire crew needs to keep on pace and make sure they watch their collective six.
To say “watch your six” means to “watch your ʻōkole, be aware and CYA.” If your body was a clock, your head would be the 12 and your butt is at 6, so when you are headed into danger you have to watch your six.
In a few months, fans will be watching the show’s six, helping “Five-0” keep its ratings up and cheering on the team. And that doesn’t just mean cheering on the lead actors, but all the cast members who don’t always get headline mentions, and all the crew who are always hard at work behind the scenes.
REDUX SIDE NOTE
Don’t miss every Saturday during the hiatus, as the Five-0 Redux will return each weekend with Five-0 news, interviews and more. I usually share lists of best guest stars, best villains and best episodes of the past season.
If you have any bests you’d like to see, leave a comment below and we’ll get things rolling as we wait for September to bring “Five-0” back with new episodes and stories.
Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.